New Zealand 71-9 Namibia
There was an heroic defensive performance from Namibia in the first half, as they gave everything to keep the All Blacks at bay, cheered on by the crowd in Tokyo.
It was only a matter of time really before the dam broke, with New Zealand running in 11 tries to win by 62 points. Ben Smith, Sevu Reece and Anton Lienert-Brown all scored a brace each, although the highlight was TG Perenara’s score near the end with some sublime handling.
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France 23-21 Tonga
This looked like a familiar story as France stretched out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, but a Tongan try on the stroke of half-time gave them some hope at the break.
They scored the first try of the second half, and held France tryless for the rest of the match, but there was no bonus point and they were given an almighty fright when Tonga scored with a minute to go to narrow the gap to just 2 points. There was no real danger of another score in the final play, but there was palpable relief when the ball was kicked off the field.
On this form, England should really beat France on Saturday, win the group and face Australia in the quarter-finals, with a potential semi-final clash with the All Blacks if they come through that test.
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South Africa v Canada
Damian Willemse is straight into the lineup at full-back, having been called up to replace the injured Jesse Kriel, and this could be just his sort of match. The Springboks have picked a very mobile pack, with Elton Jantjies at fly-half and lots of pace out wide as usual, and I suspect they intend to play a fast game and they should run up a big score.
The defence is unlikely to be too heavily tested against a Canada team that has scored just 7 points so far, against Italy in their opening match, and this will be another bonus-point win for the Springboks.
I’ve picked South Africa by 68 on Superbru and I’ve taken SA -50 with the bookies.